The Redbreast

The Redbreast

eBook - 2012
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"An elegant and complex thriller….Harrowingly beautiful." -New York Times Book Review "A hugely impressive achievement-ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution." -Los Angeles Times "The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction." -Washington Post No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous installment in Nesbø's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design-winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs-The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that "nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer"…and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.
Publisher: [United States] : HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN: 9780062194039
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 27, 2020

This book is a commitment as it's over 500 pages long with an intricate plot that fluctuates between World War II eastern front German soldiers and modern-day Oslo. Hole is "kicked upstairs" to Security Services after mistakenly shooting a U.S. Secret Service agent during a presidential visit to Oslo. When he becomes involved in an investigation into Norwegian Neo-Nazi groups, his accidental discovery of an extremely rare and expensive sniper's rifle leads him down a dark, dark part of Norway's past. The fundamental question throughout this "Scandinavian noir" novel is who are you willing to collaborate with during war and how would you justify your actions if your side didn't win?

Nov 22, 2013

One of his best.

May 04, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. I immediately noticed that the translation by Don Bartlett was flawless. This is a multi-layered, complex yet utterly convincing mystery. The Redbreast is, I believe, the third in the series, but the first to be translated into English. I noticed a few references to previous cases, but nothing interfered with the flow of the story.

Harry Hole, through no fault of his own, has caused a international situation that his superiors decided is best handled by first promoting him and then sidelining him to a desk and paperwork. In the course of his daily grind he reads a report that resounds within him and sets him on a trail to track down a smuggled high-calibre rifle that is often used by assassins. Harry, in his dogged way, soon is stirring up people and events from both the past and the present. The investigation leads him to the dark days of World War II as he follows the twists and turns of a very disturbed mind.

Powerful and vivid, I was amazed at how quickly I flew through the pages of this book. This was my first experience with Harry Hole and I am already looking forward to my next meeting with him.

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